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VA's quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

AP Top Headlines - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....
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20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:57pm
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air....
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Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:55pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don't believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems....
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Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:55pm
MILAN (AP) -- Italian media say Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina has died while serving multiple life sentences. He was 87....
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Global hit 'Despacito' dominates Latin Grammys with 4 awards

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:48pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The global hit "Despacito" was the big winner at Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards, making good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year....
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Meryl Streep says violent experiences changed her profoundly

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:45pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Meryl Streep says the two times in her life she dealt with violence were so profound it changed her "on a cellular level."...
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Congress debates oil drilling in largest US wildlife refuge

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:45pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Sometime next April, pregnant cows in the Porcupine Caribou Herd in Canada will take the lead in an annual migration of nearly 200,000 animals north to Alaska....
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Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:45pm
BEIJING (AP) -- After five years of prison and three more confined by guards at home, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng could take no more....
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Global hit 'Despacito' claims 3 early Latin Grammy Awards

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:45pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The global hit "Despacito" has made good on three of its four nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards....
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Killer Charles Manson alive as reports swirl of ill health

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:43pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, each of them marked by his piercing dark eyes and the crude Nazi swastika he carved into his forehead....
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Astros' Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins' Stanton earns NL honor

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:43pm
Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve won the American League MVP award on Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin....
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Menendez avoids 'political grave,' but cloud still looms

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:42pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez exited his federal bribery trial after a mistrial Thursday with an eye on a 2018 re-election effort, but with him neither acquitted nor convicted, the cloud from the investigation remains....
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Marlins slugger Stanton wins NL MVP, edges Reds' Votto

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:42pm
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has won the National League MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds....
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Lebanon's Hariri finds himself caught in regional feuds

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:42pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- Saad Hariri has seen a lot in his 47 years....
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Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:41pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the vulnerable species....
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California rampage puts spotlight on homemade 'ghost guns'

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:40pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He built his own at home....
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Radio anchor says Franken groped, kissed her without consent

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday and faced a likely Senate ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Fellow Democrats as well as Republican colleagues called for an investigation....
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Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family's $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups....
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Radio anchor says Franken groped, kissed her without consent

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:39am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept....
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Toxic algae: Once a nuisance, now a severe nationwide threat

AP Top Headlines - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:39am
MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat - unaware that he was being poisoned....
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